England eventually opened their account in their fourth game in the Korean Telecom Cup in Seoul with an emphatic 7-1 win yesterday against Japan which included a hat-trick from Ipswich's Leisa King.
The coach Tricia Heberle was, however, quick to point out that the scoreline was "more than a little flattering". She added: "King's hat-trick was very pleasing and capped a solid individual effort. As a team we are making small improvements with each game but, as the players are only too aware, we still have a very long way to go."
King gave England the lead in the 10th minute when she scrambled home a rebound at a penalty corner and six minutes later scored her second. Further goals from Denise Marston-Smith, Mel Clewlow and Rachel Walker before the interval gave England an unassailable 5-0 lead. King completed her hat-trick after the interval with Anna Bennett wrapping up England's scoring before Natsumi Hori scored Japan's late consolation goal. England play their final Pool game against the United States tomorrow.Reuse content